021 – Francesca Loftus of hOM – Amenities, Data, and Bouncy Houses

hOM

Developing community with residential and office properties and gathering data by providing technology-enabled amenities for tenants…

hOMFrancesca Loftus, CEO of hOM (technology-enabled amenity provider that partners with residential and office properties to develop community by providing on-site fitness programming and unique events for tenants) joins Thomas Kutzman and Scott Pollack in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser. Presented by Prevu.

In this episode:

  • How Loftus became focused on amenities
  • The company’s focus on amenities, especially in commercial buildingshOM
  • The cash outlay to adjust floors is a big step, so offering programming or events in a vacant space or available accessible spaces is a useful alternative
  • The genesis of the idea, two of her cofounders are in fitness and real estate, her background in theater management,
  • Some success because of the proximity of buildings to fitness studios
  • Selling to amenities managers
  • Most managers have tried other things, trying to be on trend with other buildings, then contact them to execute, cant do it themselves
  • Despite offering a wide range, fitness is most requested and engaging, yoga leads that interest
  • The hOM programs are unique and catch people’s attentionhOM
  • Mini golf, bouncy houses, partnerships to execute and deliver in diversity
  • Building community gives an edge for landlords
  • Figuring out a model to provide benefits to fitness instructors, finding it was actually cost effective,
  • Why Loftus was forced to be smarter how running business
  • Utility players with the ability to get anecdotal data on the building, valuable team members but tough to find
  • Looking at people with their whole selves i.e. developers and yoga teacher
  • Listening for grit and experience (28 full time employees and 50 part time)hOM
  • Loftus is from Canada, ended up in New York, from a competitive girls prep school, full college ride in mathematics, wanted to go to NY for theater, ended up managing a theater at 17 years old, having a public facing “beard”, doing a lot of programming work
  • Being curious about everything, having a dual role as performer and manager
  • The kind of culture in the hOM office with meditation and breath-work, the company’s C3P0, rituals in the office
  • Putting a voice to the tenants of buildings, creating incentive to communicate with them and close a gap of communication

020 – Yin Lin of Sage Vacations – Vacation Rentals As a Group Experience

Yin Lin

Short-term vacation rentals for groups…

Yin LinYin Lin, Founder/COE of Sage Vacations (a private real estate company with 10 vacation properties across the country, and partnering with institutions and investors to acquire, develop, and commercialize its property investments) and Founder of SheWorx (global collective of ambitious high-growth female entrepreneurs redefining leadership) joins Thomas Kutzman and Scott Pollack in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser. Presented by Prevu.

In this episode:

  • Lin discusses acquiring and commercializing residential property, undervalued property valuesYin Lin
  • Distributing them on short term rental sites
  • Developing a short term rental portfolio.
  • There is a demand for large spaces for groups who cannot get same experience in standard hotel rooms
  • Looking at lesser known cities with high regional tourism, emerging cities
  • The experience of a space needs to be great, and the people feel the sense of community
  • Creating great experiences, and getting buy-in from the community for creating a network
  • Creating more bespoke developments which cater to the needs of the audienceYin Lin
  • How short term rentals have changed the vacation model, and the future of it depends largely on regulation
  • Why professionalism of short-term rentals reduces risk all around
  • How Lin got into the business
  • Part of Lin’s inspiration in building her business and portfolio is wanting to help women build wealth through real estate
  • What marathons have meant to Lin in understanding herself and her potential
  • Running in 5 continents so far, and what about Ironman competitions

019 – Isabel Berney and Truth Oladapo of Vacayo – Why Landlords are Falling in Love with Vacation Rentals

Vacayo

Leasing long-term rentals and converting them into outstanding vacation homes which provide landlords higher income and eliminate vacancy risk with Vacayo…

VacayoIsabel Berney (COO/Co-Founder) and Truth Oladapo (CEO/Co-Founder) of Vacayo join Thomas Kutzman and Scott Pollack in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser. Presented by Prevu.

In this episode:

  • Helping people earn passive income and have upward mobility via real estate, and how landlords can short term rental their home
  • Absorbing the risk for the landlord, making possible to monetize asset right away, guaranteeing a certain rent and lease, furnish and manage the rental
  • Eliminating the need to be a landlord
  • Most people don’t want to be a landlord, it is just a path to passive income
  • Vacayo eliminates the need to be a landlord, by Vacayo being the tenant and the manager
  • How Berney and Olapdapo didn’t realize this was a business that could be scaled until they were well into it, how it grew organically into an arbitrage model that was thought out, but the service aspect grew also organically, and how the model was suggested by a landlord when Olapado was hacking wires in a buildingVacayo
  • Guaranteeing an income stream for the property that is generally higher than the market
  • How Vacayo can furnish a space within 48 hours
  • Being able to expand completely remotely, giving the supers the playbook, and how they can roll out and expand quickly into new markets
  • Why data assists with determining the true value of a home including rental potential
  • Startups are demanding and time consuming, ideal calling for a parent, complete flexibility over time, doing something you love that can be lucrative
  • And–managing rentals on Mars?

018 – Yale Fox of Rentlogic – Rating Rentals

Rentlogic

Unbiased, data-driven ratings for every apartment building in New York City…

RentlogicYale Fox, CEO of Rentlogic (looks at a building’s history over time and rates it for quality and safety) joins Thomas Kutzman and Scott Pollack in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser. Presented by Prevu.

In this episode:

  • Creating a ratings system for apartment buildingsRentlogic
  • List of standards built into an iPhone app
  • Basic standards include heat, hot water, no mold or roaches
  • Corporate relocations into quality housing gives better chance employees won’t end up in low quality housing which can affect work performance, and for international students, affect academic performance
  • One of only few ways to differentiate the rental product when similar buildings and location
  • Ratings available online, and signageRentlogic
  • Data certifications, increasing transparency
  • The genesis of the company from fighting in court and taking advice from a judge
  • Becoming a partner in a club and being a DJ, getting attention from a blog article
  • Trends from how open data is evolving from real estate spaceRentlogic
  • How Rentlogic is a socially responsible product
  • Canadian bands, Spotify, and music licensing rights
  • And — the first talking dog is intentionally profane?

017 – Raffi Holzer of Avvir – Building Exactly

Avvir

Automating the processes around data acquisition, visualization, and analysis to provide near real time insights into the state of a project including progress monitoring and defect detection…

AvvirRaffi Holzer, CEO of Avvir (using LIDAR technology to help construction BIM experience) joins Thomas Kutzman and Scott Pollack in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser. Presented by Prevu.

In this episode:

  • Raffi Holzer on LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging, measure ranges via a remote sensing method using light in the form of a pulsed laser) and BIM (essentially a 3D blueprint)Avvir
  • How things change when construction begins, and without updating then the BIM becomes outdated
  • How a model can get so far off during construction
  • Making it more than a 3d rendering of a building.
  • BIM was a digital twin of a building
  • Preventing rework
  • The importance of having a spouse on board in a startup
  • Figuring out who user is, and building the right product for them
  • Talking to people who will be using a product and learning what they need
  • Major impact – BIM becoming a digital twin, becoming a centerpiece to manage a facility long term
  • Data and visualization of a product
  • Accurate building information model (instead of just spreadsheets)
  • New buildings installing sensors for IoT, need a system to enable sensors to talk to one another
  • Looking at climate control, safetyAvvir
  • How Avvir can catch mistakes quickly after done, making them more easily corrected, and an accurate model to be able to tie sensors together and make them viable
  • Be able to do predictive analytics, make suggestions to avoid errors
  • Avvir is hardware agnostic
  • How the marketplace is less of a competitive one, more educational
  • Inventory control, asset management and facility management
  • How Holzer created Peeq – reversible sunglasses
  • The goal of a political podcast